Mock Draft 2.0 Continued
21. Green Bay Packers – Calvin Pryor, S, Louisville: Pryor is a prospect that is high on some boards, and on others not at all. Pryor is a guy who quietly had a nice college career. He’s more of a strong safety, but that’s what the Packers need. Look for Pryor to rise during the Combine.
22. Philadelphia Eagles – Dee Ford, DE/OLB, Auburn: There have been some rumors that the Eagles are interested in trading for Miami’s Dion Jordan. With that said, it looks like the Eagles are looking for a pass rusher and that is exactly what Dee Ford is. Ford had huge days at both the National Championship and Senior Bowl. A good Combine showing could skyrocket his stock.
23. Kansas City Chiefs – Stephon Tuitt, DE/DT, Notre Dame: Tyson Jackson is a free agent, so why not take an extremely versatile 3-4 DE/4-3 DT? Jackson was kind of a bust anyway so they should move on from him and upgrade. I have Tuitt as a steal here, but some “draft experts” have him outside of the first round.
24. Cincinnati Bengals – Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State: I don’t think Gilbert will get this far, but you never know. Gilbert is a big physical corner that can step in day one and be a number two corner. The Bengals have lost corners left and right, and now it’s time to get a solid tandem together.
25. San Diego Chargers – Jason Verrett, CB, TCU: The Chargers are in the same boat as the Bengals when it comes to corners. Verrett isn’t very big, but has really good ball skills and body control. He will have to learn how to handle bigger receivers, but can play the second corner slot from day one.
26. Cleveland Browns (via Indianapolis Colts) – Kelvin Benjamin, WR, FSU: Benjamin is too good to pass up here. His route running is undefined and some will worry about his separation, but he is a great red zone threat. Josh Gordon is great, but Benjamin is just a massive wide out. Get your new franchise quarterback a friendly target.
27. New Orleans Saints – Kyle Van Noy, OLB, BYU: The Saints need at least one outside linebacker. They have generated good pass rush from their defensive ends, but it should be the linebackers flowing to the ball. Van Noy can rush, cover, and tackle but the problem is he doesn’t do any of those things great. The Saints don’t need great with the defensive line they have.
28. Carolina Panthers – Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt: Cam Newton would love nothing more than to have a sure handed, big body receiver. At the Senior Bowl Matthews looked almost like a tight end the way he is built. Steve Smith will also be happy to not be taking double teams as much, and Ted Ginn will be more useful in the slot.
29. New England Patriots – Timmy Jernigan, DT, Florida State: Jernigan just feels like a Bill Belichick player. A guy who is versatile and can be moved around, but needs to be pushed to reach his full potential. Who knows, maybe this will be a trade down for the Patriots. That would be odd.
30. San Francisco 49ers – Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State: The 49ers have good possession receivers in Crabtree and Boldin. They could really use a burner, and that’s what Cooks brings to the table. He reminds me of Markus Wheaton who also attend Oregon State.
31. Denver Broncos – Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State: The Broncos corners looked helpless against the Seahawks. Jammer didn’t play, DRC DRC’d, and Champ Bailey isn’t getting any younger. Roby needs to be pushed, but if he reaches his full potential of what he showed he can do at Ohio State the Broncos will be back in track.
32. Seattle Seahawks – Jace Amaro, TE, Texas Tech: The way the Seahawks won the Super Bowl I don’t believe they should get any more good players. That’s what they get with Amaro though. He’s a big pass catching tight end who will be perfect for a little pass throwing quarterback (He also runs sometimes too).
33. Houston Texans – Louis Nix, DT, Notre Dame
34. Washington Redskins – Trent Murphy, DE/OLB, Stanford
35. Cleveland Browns – David Yankey, OG, Stanford
36. Oakland Raiders – Allen Robinson, WR, Penn State
37. Atlanta Falcons – Marcus Smith, DE, Louisville
38. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Aaron Donald, DT, Pitt
39. Jacksonville Jaguars – Scott Crichton, DE, Oregon State
40. Minnesota Vikings – Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State
41. Buffalo Bills – Ryan Shazier, OLB, Ohio State
42. Tennessee Titans – Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, Eastern Illinois
43. New York Giants – Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Washington
44. St. Louis Rams – Jamarcus Joyner, CB, Florida State
45. Detroit Lions – Devante Adams, WR, Fresno State
46. Pittsburgh Steelers – Antonio Richardson, OT, Tennessee
47. Dallas Cowboys – Ed Reynolds, S, Stanford
48. Baltimore Ravens – Travis Swanson, C, Arkansas
49. New York Jets – Brandon Coleman, WR, Rutgers
50. Miami Dolphins – Xavier Su’a-Filo, OT/OG, UCLA
51. Chicago Bears – Gabe Jackson, OG, Mississippi State
52. Arizona Cardinals – Christian Jones, OLB, Florida State
53. Green Bay Packers – Chris Borland, LB, Wisconsin
54. Philadelphia Eagles – Odell Beckman Jr., WR, LSU
55. Cincinnati Bengals – Dion Bailey, S, USC
56. San Francisco 49ers (via Kansas City) – Shawn Oakman, DE, Baylor
57. San Diego Chargers – Cyril Richardson, OG, Baylor
58. New Orleans Saints – Morgan Moses, OT, Virginia
59. Indianapolis Colts – Max Bullough, ILB, Michigan State
60. Carolina Panthers – Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech
61. San Francisco 49ers – Marcus Robinson, CB, Florida
62. New England Patriots – Victor Hampton, CB, South Carolina
63. Denver Broncos – Billy Turner, OT, NDSU
64. Seattle Seahawks – Will Sutton, DT, Arizona State